A team of health researchers from Ryerson University — including this week’s guest presenter for Skills+, Ammaar Kidwai — are currently seeking South Asian gay, bisexual, and queer men (GSAM) to participate in their Not So Micro Study.

This study will lead to a better understanding of GSAM’s experiences of microaggressions (subtle forms of discrimination; “You’re cute for a Brown guy”) and its impact on mental (e.g., depression and anxiety) and sexual health (e.g., engaging in non-consensual sex and risky sexual behaviours). Operating from a strengths-based framework, the study will also highlight effective coping strategies used by GSAM in the face of microaggressions.

They are looking for 20 participants that meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Identify as South Asian
  • Identify as male (including self-identified trans-masculine men who have sex with men)
  • Report condomless anal sex within the last 6 months with another male
  • Be able to communicate orally and read in English

In addition to expanding the limited research on GSAM living in Canada, participants will receive $50 for their full participation.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating, email notsomicrostudy@ryerson.ca or call 416-979-5000, ext. 2180. Participants must currently live in Canada but do not have to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to participate.